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August 1, 2009

Surviving in Cubicle Junction – Be a Good Neighbor

Filed under: Etiquette — proadmin2 @ 6:52 am

As far as the eye can see there are little squared spaces occupied by their residents. For at least 8 hours a day, these spaces are inhabited by every type of individual that can remind you of your neighbors at home – the hermit, the hoarder, the constant borrower, and the person who frequently disturbs the peace. Here are a few rules you can abide by in Cubicle Junction in order to be a good neighbor.

Utilize the Invisible Door

Respect your co-worker’s space. Behave as if there is a door separating you and your co-worker; do not just walk into the person’s space without letting them know you are there. Either announce yourself or lightly knock on their wall. If they are on the phone, wait until they are done or come back later.


Those family vacation pictures or your child’s crafts are a nice touch to your space. However, be mindful of what can be considered distasteful or insulting. Refrain from adding things such as pinup calendars, slang writings, or anything that may seem threatening or offensive to your co-workers. In addition, plastering your wall with lots of memos, post it notes, and other items that may seem helpful to you can give others the impression that you are unorganized and disheveled. Use a desktop filing system (add colored folders to categorize) to make it easy to reference information. Rule of thumb – if you can’t see the cubicle wall because so many papers are covering it then the “wallpapering” system may be too much. Be tactful.

Keep Noise Volume and Conversations Low

Use your “library voice” in conversations; if you are standing at a place where someone is on the phone, either move the conversation or whisper so the person is not interrupted. Keep music on a low volume or use a headset. Some people can become easily distracted from the noise level. If possible, reduce the ringer level on your desk phone. If you share a cubicle, be courteous and ask your “cubby mate” if the noise is bothering them. Then make adjustments, if needed.

Settle Conflicts Immediately

Cubicle junction should be an effective, peaceful work area and because you will be there for at least 8 hours, it is important to be able to work together. In the event of a misunderstanding or a concern arises, speak with your neighbor immediately. If the conflict persists, speak with a supervisor. Harmony makes for a less stressful and more productive environment.

What is that Smell?

Leftovers from last night’s dinner would be a great lunch for today; however, not everyone likes the smell of alfredo with extra garlic. Or maybe you put on too much of that new perfume or cologne your spouse bought you for your birthday. Be aware that what smells good to you, may not smell good to your neighbor. Use moderation when spraying on the cologne or perfume and for foods that have significant odors (i.e. garlic, onions, etc) take your lunch outside or to the lunchroom.

No one likes an angry or dissatisfied neighbor. These are the simple rules in cubicle junction that if followed, will make for more productive, satisfied employees and everyone will be on one accord. People will feel more comfortable in their environment and will be able to focus and concentrate more easily.


1 Comment »

  1. Excellent!!! May I share this with others learning the new cubicle life?

    Comment by Donna Naimoli — February 17, 2010 @ 10:17 pm | Reply

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